Becoming a Freelance/Self-Employed Product Designer

Freelance / Self-employment 

It is extremely common for people working in the creative sector to be self-employed either full-time or on a part-time basis whilst combining it with employed work; the latter is known as a portfolio career. Designers tend to be independent, creative thinkers and are often self-employed and/or in occupations involving project work and short-term contracts with both small and large organisations.

The website Young Creative Council allows individuals (including students) to register for freelance work. Creative Boom and Student Gems are other useful links for all creative practitioners who are considering working freelance. It provides a support and nationwide networking service, job and contract work vacancies, and acts as a platform for artists and designers to showcase their work. 


The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers (Alison Branagan) provides useful and practical advice to artists and designers wanting to create their own freelance or partnership businesses. 

If you would like to find out more on how to advance your project then why not contact the Enterprise Team here at Sheffield Hallam University. The Centre will provide lots of free professional advice on a range of topics including writing a business plan and where to find start-up grants. This facility is available to students up to five years after graduation.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 15:29